Embryos containing human and animal material have been created in Britain for the first time, a month before the House of Commons votes on new laws to regulate the research.
A team at Newcastle University announced yesterday that it had successfully generated â€śadmixed embryosâ€ť by adding human DNA to empty cow eggs in the first experiment of its kind in Britain.
Admixed embryos are widely supported by scientists and patient groups as they provide an opportunity to produce powerful stem-cell models for investigating diseases such as Parkinsonâ€™s and diabetes, and for developing new drugs.
Their creation, however, has been opposed by some religious groups, particularly the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Keith Oâ€™Brien, the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, described the work last month as â€śexperiments of Frankenstein proportionâ€ť. ...